I want to adopt a child

If you're thinking about becoming an adoptive parent then these pages will give you all the information you need to get started.

To start your adoption journey you can get in touch with us either by calling 0800 083 77 44 or fill in the initial enquiry form (opens in a new window).


You have the chance to change the life of a child in care by becoming an adoptive parent.

We're looking for permanent homes for a variety of different children but we're currently particularly looking for homes for children with additional needs and disabilities, older children and sibling groups.

Most of the children who need permanent homes range from toddlers to older children. It is very rare that babies are in need of adoption but the situation is very fluid and may change.

Adoption means making a positive difference to a child's life and providing a happy, loving and stable home for them to grow and thrive in.

You can adopt:

  • Whether you're married, single or cohabiting
  • Whatever your gender, sexuality or religion
  • At any age over 21 − there's no upper age limit.

In these pages you can find out about the help, support and training on offer, the types of children looking for homes and all about the actual process of becoming an approved adoptive parent.

Make the first step towards adoption

If you are interested in becoming an adoptive parent please take some time to read the adoption information leaflets in the related documents section of this page.

If, having read these, you would like to continue we will need some details from you.

You can either give us a call on 0800 083 77 44 / 01629 533190 or fill in the initial enquiry form (opens in a new window).

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

Information on other websites

BAAF Adoption Reading List (opens in a new window)
Disclosure and Barring Service (opens in a new window)

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